8 Southern sides that need to be a part of your next meal

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Whether it's a classic Southern side dish or a new spin with a Southern twist, we Southerners love our fixins.
Down here in Dixie, we put as much effort into our side dishes as we do our main dishes. Here are eight scrumptious side dishes that might just steal the show at your next family get together.
1. Funeral potatoes (h/t The Country Cook)
Only in the South will you find a Southern side dish called "funeral potatoes." This casserole got its name due to its comforting appeal when delivered to grieving family members after a loved one had passed on. Silly me, I thought it was because they're so divine, you could kill yourself eating the whole thing.
2. Chicken broccoli and cheese casserole
Most chicken broccoli and cheese casseroles bake everything in the oven, but that often overcooks the broccoli. Instead of a bright, vibrant green, you'll end up with an unappealing shade of brown instead. Using the stovetop still makes this a one-pot meal – with all the easy cleanup benefits. Get the full recipe here.
3. Southern style skillet corn (h/t New South Charm)
Here's an easy peasy side dish. Who doesn't love sweet corn? It goes with just about everything.
4. Southern style red beans and rice
Red beans and rice is traditionally made in Louisiana on a Monday with the leftover bones and vegetables from Sunday’s dinner. But if re-purposing bones isn’t quite your style, you’re in luck! This version doesn’t require a whole meal of prep-work, and it still manages to bring all the flavor of traditional creole comfort food. In fact, you may end up hoping for leftovers from this meal! Get the full recipe here.
5. Classic Southern macaroni salad (h/t The Seasoned Mom)
Here in the South, we have warm weather one day and cooler the next, even in the thick of winter. For those warmer days, it's nice to have a side that's cool, yet hearty. This classic macaroni salad does the trick. It's a feast for the eyes, too.
6. Southern style black eyed peas (h/t South Your Mouth)
Peas and beans are a Southern staple, that's all there is to it. Remember, Forrest Gump says no peas are complete without carrots. See the next recipe.
7. Piccadilly carrot souffle copycat recipe ( h/t Just a Pinch)
Anyone who's grown up in the South has fond memories of dining with the family in a Piccadilly restaurant for Sunday dinner. Here's a favorite Piccadilly side dish, the carrot soufflé. This copycat recipe is as pretty as it is delicious. Did I mention that it doubles as dessert too?
8. Perfect gluten-free buttermilk biscuits ( Maebells)
Would our Southern fixins' really be complete without these fluffy buttermilk biscuits? The fact that they're gluten-free is the icing on the cake.
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